Pratt Nature Center's Happy Hour Book Club

Strengthening your connection to the natural world can leave you smarter, happier and healthier.

June's Book Selection

June’s Title: Storm In A Teacup by Helen Czerski

June Meeting: Wednesday, 6/26 @ 6:00 pm

From the publisher:  Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick. In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases (“Explosions in the kitchen are generally considered a bad idea. But just occasionally a small one can produce something delicious”); gravity (drop some raisins in a bottle of carbonated lemonade and watch the whoosh of bubbles and the dancing raisins at the bottom bumping into each other); size (Czerski explains the action of the water molecules that cause the crime-scene stain left by a puddle of dried coffee); and time (why it takes so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle).

This won't be your average book club.

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00ish for a lively conversation sure to make you think and maybe even inspire. Each month’s book will help shine some light on all the different ways we connect to the natural world. From hiking to wellness to farming, physics, plants and who knows what else, there will be something for everyone. And if a particular title isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. We’ll see you for the next one!

It wouldn’t be Happy Hour without food and drink, though. Each meeting is BYOB but we’ll provide some light snacks.

But that’s not all. Each month, we’ll also send out links to optional podcasts, articles and videos that compliment our book choice to give you even more to consider. When we can, we’ll also feature guest speakers that will help frame our reading within a local perspective.

Come treat yourself to an hour of great ideas and conversation!

Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults.  A suggested $5 donation is appreciated when attending meetings to help cover the cost of delicious snacks

Click here to register for Happy Hour Book Club

I’ve registered but where do I get the book?

We’re proud to partner with Bank Street Book Nook, our local, independent book store here in New Milford as well as with the amazing New Milford Public Library to give our participants two great ways to find these titles locally. The Book Nook will have copies of each month’s title at a 10% discount at the start of each month and the NMPL can help you find copies for borrowing. If you’re having trouble finding the book, just let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

Bank Street Book Nook

New Milford Public Library

Wondering what we’ve read? Want to catch up?

February: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

March: Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

April: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer